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Florence Balducci at Anthropologie

October 27, 2014

During the recent London Design Festival I luckily managed to pop into Anthropologie, Regents Street, to see talented Parisian artist Florence Balducci work in the store’s window.

It was a really short encounter but, for me, it was so enriching and inspirational.
Florence, hugely talented, spent 20 years in art direction at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi in Paris, before she turned illustrator and ‘professional visionary’ (according to Anthropologie). Florence mixes different techniques and medium for illustration, ceramic and textile.

Meet Florence.

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Passers by were treated to some wonderful black and white illustrations. Here Florence used some wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan.

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There is a real sense of vintage and mystical imagery here. It reminds me of the world of Tim Burton and a touch of Aubrey Beardsley. How beautiful are these?

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Lovely touch of using black and white MT tape on the table lamp.

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Window drawing.

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Ceramics and more of the wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan made the window installation feel homely.

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These black and white botanical illustrations and folk-inspired animal drawings are screen-printed on to both sides of the cotton-and-silk cushions and are a collaboration between Anthropologie and Florence.

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Some of Florence’s tools of the trade.

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How inspirational is this? Some pages from Florence’s sketchbooks.

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Florence is definitely a professional visionary and it was an honour to meet and spent a little time with her. I hope we will meet again very soon. Merci Florence! À bientôt…..

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14 Comments

  • Reply Giova Brusa October 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I love this! I don’t think I’ve seen her work before, or maybe I have and I don’t remember, either way thanks for the intro.
    It so great to see people doing what they love and sharing it with the world.
    Those plate are stunning!

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      I know. Florence is super talented and I hadn’t seen her work before either. When I saw this advertised in the LDF guide, I knew I had to go and see it for myself. Made it at the very last minute… I was so chuffed to have met Florence and seen her work first hand.
      The plates are absolutely stunning! x

  • Reply Anya Jensen October 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Oh Tina I love her work. Stunning and intricate – beautifully done. Happy week to you,
    Axx

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you Anya. It’s special indeed. You’re right, it’s intricate and so whimsical and fantastical at the same time. Pure beauty!.
      Happy week lovely Anya xx

  • Reply ParisBreakfast October 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Wonderful stuff!!
    Thanks for introducing her Tina.

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Amazing, right? Glad you like it.
      A pleasure….

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey October 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    A ‘professional visionary’ – now that’s a new one on me 😉 What a curious assortment of works. I think I like the sketchbook most – beautiful detailing. Thank you for capturing and sharing xx

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Well, I see what they mean. Florence isn’t simply a graphic artist or illustrator. She’s so much more and works with ceramics and textiles. I like the ‘professional visionary’…

      Yes, the sketchbooks were gorgeous. It’s always a very intimate part of an artist. I think I overwhelmed Florence when I asked to photograph a page and I understand why. I’m very greatful to her that she did allow me to take a snap.
      My pleasure. xx

  • Reply Mel November 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I haven’t heard of her before so thanks for the introductions. I really love what I see and how she displayed it. What an honour for you to spend some time with her. Big hugs! Mel x

    • Reply tina November 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Glad you like Florence’s work. It’s really very special I think.
      Thanks Mel xx

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine November 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    How whimsical! The plates are my favourites. I love how she combines Japanese and western contemporary styles. Does she also have a shop, because in that case I’m putting her on my list for my next visit to London.

    • Reply tina November 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Hi.
      Yes, I adore the plates and I also love that fusion between Japanese and contemporary style.

      Florence lives in Paris and as far as I know has no shop:-(
      You can buy some of her pieces at Anthropologie… look on their website!

  • Reply Doris November 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Her illustrations are beautiful and quirky. I love that beetle with the armour. Thanks for sharing Tina xD

    • Reply tina November 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      A great talent. Thanks Doris x

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